IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK AN INJURY ATTORNEY
After an accident, you should seek medical attention and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. However, there are many attorneys, and some may be better suited to your case than others. What is the best way to determine which lawyer is the best fit for your case? What can you expect from your case? Are you even entitled to compensation? Make sure you ask the right questions before making any decisions. When seeking legal assistance for a personal injury claim, the following are some questions.
10 QUESTIONS TO ASK AFTER YOUR ACCIDENT WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
1. DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW?
A lawyer, like a physician, specializes in a particular area of law. If you have suffered a personal injury, you will need an attorney specializing in personal injury law.
A lawyer who does not specialize in personal injury should not be consulted if you have been injured because of someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. In addition, you need an attorney specializing in the type of personal injury you’ve suffered, such as a car accident or slip and fall. Even though most personal injury cases never go to trial, you want an injury lawyer who understands the ins and outs of these cases.
2. DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS LIKE MINE?
Every lawyer begins his or her career with little or no legal experience, but you are probably not going to want your personal injury lawyer to gain his or her first legal experience with your case.
You should hire an experienced attorney who can negotiate and proceed on your behalf. Additionally, you may ask about their previous experience with similar cases here.
Ask the injury attorney if he or she has handled a similar case. An attorney is not permitted to divulge specific information. However, they can share the basics of how the case is handled and the outcome of the case.
An answer to this question can provide insight into the time and progression of a typical personal injury claim they have worked on similar to your claim.
3. DO YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF WINNING PERSONAL INJURY CASES?
A personal injury lawyer’s success rate and the amount recovered for past clients are crucial factors to consider.
Even though few personal injury cases go to trial, you should still ask about their courtroom experiences.
A lawyer must be honest and transparent about how many cases have gone to trial and how many cases he or she has won.
King Law Firm attorneys have a long history of success with a 95% success rate and millions of dollars recovered for clients.
4. DO YOU THINK I HAVE A STRONG CASE?
Your case does not require a comprehensive analysis in this instance. In any event, it is always a good idea to ask the personal injury attorney why they believe there is a high likelihood of receiving compensation from the insurance company.
Furthermore, this question allows you to raise any areas of concern that may need to be addressed. The sooner you are aware of any threats to your case, the better.
5. IN WHAT MANNER DO YOU EXPECT MY CASE TO PROCEED?
One of the most important questions you should ask is how a personal injury lawyer would approach your case. Even though they cannot predict what the opposing side will do or how they will respond, they should be able to explain your case to you.
You can get a good idea of what to expect as your case progresses by asking such a question.
It is essential that you understand that the longer your case continues, the longer you may have to go without compensation to pay for medical expenses or to cover lost wages. As a result, many insurance companies will attempt to settle the claim as soon as possible.
A good attorney can move your case forward and be open and honest with you throughout the process.
The answer to this question also provides valuable information about how your attorney will communicate with you and with others.
6. WHAT IS THE COST OF LEGAL FEES FOR MY CASE?
The majority of personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis, which means that you do not have to pay them anything until you win – and if you win, they receive a portion of the award.
The hourly rate charged by an attorney could result in you paying a lot of money, regardless of whether you win or lose.
It is important that the attorney be willing to explain what the anticipated costs will be. Sometimes, the attorney will request a small retainer to cover anticipated court fees.
Whether you will pay it on a contingency basis or not, you must understand the cost of proceeding with your case.
7. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES GO TO TRIAL?
You may be able to tell based on the answer to this question whether or not the attorney really cares about getting you the maximum compensation.
If they rarely go to trial, then this may indicate that they are more concerned with getting a payout than fighting for your full compensation.
It is important that you hire an attorney who is willing to go to trial if necessary and who is prepared to win. The last thing you want is to hire an attorney who will only settle cases to avoid a trial.
8. HOW MUCH DO I PAY IF I LOSE?
It’s important to ask this question because some lawyers will require you to pay for any case-related costs in addition to their contingency fee.
If your case is unsuccessful, ask your personal injury lawyer, who will cover these out-of-pocket expenses.
At King Law Firm, you pay nothing if we fail to win your case.
9. WHO WILL HANDLE MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case is important. In some large firms, it is not uncommon for the big-name lawyer to meet with clients before passing the case to an associate.
Most lawyers are supported by staff while working on a case. However, you would like to know which lawyer will represent you during negotiations and at trial.
10. HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?
Bills pile up and paychecks are missed as your case progresses.
Additionally, you may be interested in knowing how long the legal process will take.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can give you an estimate based on past cases, but it’s not reasonable to expect an exact timeline.
ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR A LAWYER WHO CARES?
These are just a few questions you should ask your prospective personal injury lawyer. You can discuss many other matters with the lawyers you are considering. It is for this reason that we invite you to schedule a free consultation with us.
ARE YOU READY TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE? Get in touch with us today.